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5 Things Caregiving Employees Should Know
Posted By Sally Abrahms On April 5, 2012 @ 7:00 am In Take Care | Comments Disabled
Companies are beginning to realize that their eldercare programs-if they even have them-need to be ramped up to better accommodate caregiving employees. And if they don’t, they should get cracking.
According to Society for Human Resource Management, the number of employers offering eldercare referrals has taken a dive, from 22 percent in 2007 to 9 percent in 2011.
That’s a problem. According to an AARP report, U.S. companies lose more than $33.6 billion a year in lost productivity from full-time employees. Absenteeism. Distraction. Unavailability. Stress. Leaving the workforce altogether.
More enlightened businesses offer information and support services, including workplace flexibility, discounted back-up home care for emergencies, access to geriatric care managers and paid time off.
Best Practices in Workplace Eldercare, a study out last week conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and two other organizations, surveyed 17 companies from various industries to see what they offer. If you’re a caregiver, you might want to show it to your boss! (Maybe not.)
Jody Gastfriend, a social worker and vice president of care management at care.com, says many employees don’t realize that their companies offer eldercare benefits. (Others are reluctant to use them, thinking they’ll be seen as uncommitted, or be risking their jobs if they do.)
Here are five ways to lighten your burden:
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